Dr Jaeyoung Park Answers Nextbigfuture commenter questions on EMC2 fusion

Dr Jaeyoung Park is the lead of the EMC2 Fusion company. Here his are answers to questions put to him by Nextbigfuture commenters. First a few slides describing electrostatic fusion and polywell fusion Q1: With the scaling from WF–6 → WF–7 → WF–8 (expected), at what point will the WF series become large and powerful …

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Strong anti-air pollution policies would prevent 175,000 premature deaths and save $250 billion per year by 2030

Nearly 300,000 deaths over the next 15 years would be prevented by reducing air pollution, which can lead to heart attacks, lung cancer or other respiratory illnesses, a study in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature Climate Change said. “Many people view climate change as a future problem, but our analysis shows that reducing emissions that …

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USA estimates China will deploy a hypersonic glide weapon by 2020 and a powered hypersonic vehicle by 2025

China conducted six successful tests of a new high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle, the most recent in November, and also recently tested an anti-satellite missile, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Friday. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander in charge of nuclear forces, said the tests are part of a worrying military buildup by …

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New DARPA Chips Ease Operations In Electromagnetic Environs

Enhanced situational awareness could come from new chips that can sample and digitize battlefield radiofrequency signals at blazingly fast rates Competition for scarce electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is increasing, driven by a growing military and civilian demand for connected devices. As the spectrum becomes more congested, the Department of Defense (DoD) will need better tools for …

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Twitter reports that Gravitational Waves have been found and LIGO Observatory researchers are writing a paper

Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State university, tweeted that he had received independent confirmation of a rumour that has been in circulation for months, adding: “Gravitational waves may have been discovered!!” The excitement centers on a longstanding experiment known as the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) which uses detectors in Hanford, Washington, and …

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3D printing and advanced computer modeling was used to develop China Y-20 military transport aircraft

The Xian Y-20 is China’s new large military transport aircraft. The Y-20 is the first cargo aircraft to use 3-D printing technology to speed up its development and to lower its manufacturing cost. Model-based definition (MBD) is also used, and it’s the 3rd aircraft to utilize MBD technology in the world, after Boeing 787 (2005) …

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Most important development for 2016 would be the success of Google Loon and Internet drones to connect remaining 4 billion people

India notched up its billionth mobile phone subscriber in October, the country’s telecoms regulator said, underscoring the importance of its fast-growing mobile market, the world’s second largest after China. India’s e-commerce market is likely to touch $38-billion-mark in 2016, a 67 per cent jump over the $23 billion revenue it clocked last year, according to …

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Exercise to slow aging is most important for those aged 40 to 65

Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds. And middle age may be a critical time to get the process rolling, at least by one common measure of cell aging. Dating a cell’s age is tricky, because its biological and chronological ages rarely match. …

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Nitrogen doped porous carbon make supercapacitors with triple the energy capacity

New nitrogen based supercapacitors have triple the energy capacity of the best previous supercapacitors. They do not store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries, which achieve 70 to 250 watt-hours per kilogram. However, the researchers say their supercapacitor beats them on power. The nitrogen supercapacitor can crank out 26 kilowatts per kilogram, while lithium-ion batteries …

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China approving 40 nuclear reactor construction starts from 2016 to 2020 for an average of eight per year

Chinese nuclear power generators rose in Hong Kong and Shanghai after the State Council approved the construction of four additional reactors on Wednesday China has approved construction of eight reactors this year, including yesterday’s approval. China plans to build as many as eight nuclear power plants each year from 2016 to 2020 and invest 500 …

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China J20 stealth fighter should start low rate initial production in 2016

The eighth J-20 prototype “2017” made its maiden flight on November 24, 2015 at the Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) factory in Chengdu, China The most significant change in the new prototype is the reshaped cockpit canopy, which provides the pilot with greater visibility. The lack of othergreat design changes suggest that “2017” is very close …

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